The Most Famous

SINGERS from Italy

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This page contains a list of the greatest Italian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 123 of which were born in Italy. This makes Italy the birth place of the 3rd most number of Singers behind United States and United Kingdom.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Italian Singers of all time. This list of famous Italian Singers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Italian Singers.

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1. Luciano Pavarotti (1935 - 2007)

With an HPI of 84.55, Luciano Pavarotti is the most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 94 different languages on wikipedia.

Luciano Pavarotti (, US also , Italian: [luˈtʃaːno pavaˈrɔtti]; 12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who during the late part of his career crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most acclaimed and loved tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for his tone, and achieving the honorific title "King of the High Cs".As one of the Three Tenors, who performed their first concert during the 1990 FIFA World Cup before a global audience, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. From the beginning of his professional career as a tenor in 1961 in Italy to his final performance of "Nessun dorma" at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Pavarotti was at his best in bel canto operas, pre-Aida Verdi roles, and Puccini works such as La bohème, Tosca, Turandot and Madama Butterfly. He sold over 100 million records, and the first Three Tenors recording became the best-selling classical album of all time. Pavarotti was also noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others. He died from pancreatic cancer on 6 September 2007.

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2. Adriano Celentano (1938 - )

With an HPI of 80.11, Adriano Celentano is the 2nd most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 68 different languages.

Adriano Celentano (Italian: [adriˈaːno tʃelenˈtaːno]; born 6 January 1938) is an Italian singer, songwriter, musician, actor and filmmaker. He is dubbed "il Molleggiato" (the flexible one) because of his dancing.Celentano has released many record albums which have enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success. He is often credited as the author of both the music and lyrics of his songs, although, according to his wife Claudia Mori, sometimes they were written in collaboration with others. Due to his prolific career and great success, both in Italy and the rest of the world, he is considered one of the pillars of Italian music. Celentano is also recognized for being particularly perceptive of changes in the music business. He is credited for having introduced rock and roll to Italy, a genre that held great appeal to young people at that time. As an actor, Celentano has appeared in 39 films, mostly comedies.

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3. Enrico Caruso (1873 - 1921)

With an HPI of 80.09, Enrico Caruso is the 3rd most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 73 different languages.

Enrico Caruso (, US also , Italian: [enˈriːko kaˈruːzo]; 25 February 1873 – 2 August 1921) was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles (74) from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. One of the first major singing talents to be commercially recorded, Caruso made 247 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920, which made him an international popular entertainment star.

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4. Farinelli (1705 - 1782)

With an HPI of 79.30, Farinelli is the 4th most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Farinelli (Italian pronunciation: [fariˈnɛlli]; 24 January 1705 – 16 September 1782) was the stage name of Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi (pronounced [ˈkarlo ˈbrɔski]), a celebrated Italian castrato singer of the 18th century and one of the greatest singers in the history of opera. Farinelli has been described as having soprano vocal range and sang the highest note customary at the time, C6.

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5. Andrea Bocelli (1958 - )

With an HPI of 77.59, Andrea Bocelli is the 5th most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 85 different languages.

Andrea Bocelli (Italian: [anˈdreːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian opera tenor and multi-instrumentalist. He was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at 5 months old, and became completely blind at age 12, following a football accident. After performing evenings in piano bars and competing in local singing contests, Bocelli signed his first recording contract with the Sugar Music label. He rose to fame in 1994, winning the preliminary round of the 44th Sanremo Music Festival performing "Miserere", with the highest marks ever recorded in the newcomers section. Since 1982, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 75 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. His first compilation album, Romanza, is one of the best-selling albums of all time, while Sacred Arias is the biggest selling classical album by any solo artist in history. My Christmas was the best-selling holiday album of 2009 and one of the best-selling holiday albums in the United States. The 2019 album Sì debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200, becoming Bocelli's first number-one album in both countries. His song "Con te partirò", included on his second album Bocelli, is one of the best-selling singles of all time. The track was licensed to feature in a series of television commercials for TIM in the late 1990s, which eventually became very popular in Italy.In 1998, Bocelli was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. He duetted with Celine Dion on the song "The Prayer" for the animated film Quest for Camelot, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. He captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records with the release of his classical album Sacred Arias, as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts.Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 March 2010 for his contribution to Live Theater. Singer Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli", and record producer David Foster has often described Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world.

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6. Toto Cutugno (1943 - )

With an HPI of 76.04, Toto Cutugno is the 6th most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 55 different languages.

Salvatore "Toto" Cutugno (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtɔːto kuˈtuɲɲo]; born 7 July 1943) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his worldwide hit song, "L'Italiano", released on his 1983 album of the same title. Cutugno also won the Eurovision Song Contest 1990 held in Zagreb, Croatia with the song "Insieme: 1992", for which he wrote both lyrics and music.

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7. Albano Carrisi (1943 - )

With an HPI of 75.68, Albano Carrisi is the 7th most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.

Albano Antonio Carrisi (Italian: [alˈbaːno karˈriːzi]; born 20 May 1943), better known as Al Bano, is an Italian singer-songwriter, actor and winemaker. In 2016, he was awarded Albanian citizenship due to his close ties with the country.

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8. Domenico Modugno (1928 - 1994)

With an HPI of 73.77, Domenico Modugno is the 8th most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 56 different languages.

Domenico Modugno (Italian pronunciation: [doˈmeːniko moˈduɲɲo]; 9 January 1928 – 6 August 1994) was an Italian singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament. He is known for his 1958 international hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu", for which he received Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. He is considered the first Italian cantautore.

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9. Salvatore Adamo (1943 - )

With an HPI of 73.71, Salvatore Adamo is the 9th most famous Italian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Salvatore Adamo is a singer and composer, who is known for his romantic ballads. Adamo was born on November 1, 1943, in Comiso, Sicily, Italy, and has lived in Belgium since the age of three, which is why he has dual citizenship. Since 2001 Adamo holds the Belgian noble title of Ridder, similar to the English title of "Knight".He first gained popularity throughout Europe and later in the Middle East, Latin America, Japan, and the United States. He has sold more than 80 million albums and 20 million singles making him one of the most commercially successful musicians in the world. He mainly performs in French but has also sung in Italian, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish. "Tombe la neige", "La nuit", and "Inch'Allah" remain his best known songs. He is currently the best selling Belgian musician of all time.

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10. Gigliola Cinquetti (1947 - )

With an HPI of 73.70, Gigliola Cinquetti is the 10th most famous Italian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Gigliola Cinquetti (Italian pronunciation: [dʒiʎˈʎɔːla tʃiŋˈkwetti]; born Giliola Cinquetti on 20 December 1947) is an Italian singer, songwriter, actress and television presenter.

Pantheon has 123 people classified as singers born between 1619 and 1998. Of these 123, 77 (62.60%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Adriano Celentano, Andrea Bocelli, and Toto Cutugno. The most famous deceased singers include Luciano Pavarotti, Enrico Caruso, and Farinelli. As of October 2020, 9 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Gigi D'Agostino, Nada, and Enzo Ghinazzi.

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